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Close approach of the Moon and Uranus

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The Moon and Uranus will make a close approach, passing within 0°02' of each other. The Moon will be 25 days old.

From Cambridge, the pair will be visible in the dawn sky, rising at 02:27 (EST) – 2 hours and 44 minutes before the Sun – and reaching an altitude of 24° above the eastern horizon before fading from view as dawn breaks around 04:48.

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The Moon will be at mag -10.5; and Uranus will be at mag 5.8. Both objects will lie in the constellation Aries.

They will be close enough to fit within the field of view of a telescope, but will also be visible through a pair of binoculars.

A graph of the angular separation between the Moon and Uranus around the time of closest approach is available here.

The positions of the pair at the moment of closest approach will be as follows:

Object Right Ascension Declination Constellation Magnitude Angular Size
The Moon 02h59m20s +16°34' Aries -10.5 29'51"5
Uranus 02h59m10s +16°37' Aries 5.8 3"4

The coordinates above are given in J2000.0. The pair will be at an angular separation of 45° from the Sun, which is in Gemini at this time of year.

The sky on 24 June 2022
Sunrise
05:08
Sunset
20:25
Twilight ends
22:39
Twilight begins
02:53

25-day old moon
Waning Crescent

15%

25 days old

Planets
Rise Culm. Set
Mercury 03:55 11:16 18:37
Venus 03:17 10:33 17:50
Moon 02:18 09:16 16:14
Mars 01:31 07:59 14:27
Jupiter 00:53 07:01 13:09
Saturn 23:12 04:25 09:34
All times shown in EDT.

Source

The circumstances of this event were computed using the DE405 planetary ephemeris published by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL).

This event was automatically generated by searching the ephemeris for planetary alignments which are of interest to amateur astronomers, and the text above was generated based on an estimate of your location.

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